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SIR - At long last there is a campaign to have a memorial to the Welsh troops who fell in the old Ypres Salient ("Campaigners step up efforts for Welsh Passchendaele memorial", Feb 4).

I would like to point out that there is a memorial to the 38th Welsh Division in the old salient. It is a Welsh slate plaque erected on an old German strong point bunker at Goumier Farm (marked on the old Trench Maps as Gournier Farm) engraved in memory of comrades of the 38th Welsh Division 1914-18.

It is privately paid for by an old soldier of the 38th Division, Mr Emlyn Davies. I recall during its unveiling a party of the South Wales Borderers being present but none from other regiments.

Emlyn remembered being in the bunker when it was used as a signalling HQ and taking shelter in it during a German bombardment. It was later used as a dressing station and was recaptured by the Germans before finally falling to the Black Watch.

Over the years it has been used as a cattle shelter and pig sty. To visit the memorial permission must be obtained at the farmhouse (readily granted). At one time the farmer had a collection of badges he had picked up in the old bunker including one of the Welsh Regiment.

Other Welsh memorials in the old Salient are the South Wales Borderers Memorial at Gheluvelt Mill and the Monmouthshire Regiment Memorial on the Foruinehoek-Paschenedaele Road. The Monmouthshires also have a Memorial Window in St George's Memorial Church, Ypres.

NEVIN ANTHONY Ammanford, Carmarthenshire
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 26, 2013
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